Role only if Colombo requests: Jaswant
The External Affairs Minister, Mr. Jaswant
Singh, who is here on a three-day official visit, today
reaffirmed India's commitment to uphold the territorial integrity
of Sri Lanka and expressed the view that this could also be best
preserved if the aspirations of all the people in Sri Lanka were
16 killed in blast at J&K Shia meet
A senior member of Kashmir's Shia clergy and
former State Minister, Moulvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari, today
escaped an assassination bid when a powerful bomb exploded in a
north Kashmir village, killing 16 people, including a police
official, and injuring 19.
Home Ministry concern
The Union Home Ministry has expressed
``serious concern'' over the blast near Pattan in Baramulla
district of Jammu and Kashmir this afternoon. It blamed Pakistan-
supported militants for the attack on the Shia congregation,
describing it as a ``dangerous dimension'' in militancy.
Karunanidhi asks MDMK to drop rally plan
The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Mr. M.
Karunanidhi, today suggested that the MDMK give up its plan to
organise a rally in Chennai on June 5 in support of ``Eelam
Speight terms for freeing hostages
Fiji's `civil coup' leader, Mr. George
Speight, today made a conditional offer to free the Prime
Minister, Mr. Mahendra Chaudhry, and others being held captive in
the Parliament building in Suva since May 19.
Sino-Indian ties will gather momentum, says President
Sino- Indian relations have entered a positive
phase and cooperation between the two countries will now gather
momentum, the President Mr. K.R. Narayanan, affirmed here today.
Paswan largesse put on hold
The Communications Minister, Mr. Ram Vilas
Paswan's largesse package has for now been put on the hold,
thanks to timely intervention by the Prime Minister's Office. It
could be a while, if at all, before the Minister would be able to
deliver on his extravagant promise of providing free telephones
to all employees of the Telecom Department.
Sharif indicted in tax case
An accountability court indicted the former
Pakistan Prime Minister, Mr. Nawaz Sharif, on a tax evasion
Yanam poll on June 30
Byelection for the Yanam Assembly
constituency in Pondicherry will be held on June 30. With the
Election Commission's announcement of the schedule today, the
model code of conduct has come into effect in the district.